Friday, October 11, 2013

Black Baza

Have been confined to barracks for the last couple of days, though did find some time today to look for raptors, it was the best morning so far, Black Baza was the commonest species with a total of 34 south in four groups. Also heading south were 6 Oriental Honey Buzzard, 3 Chinese Sparrowhawk and single Eastern Buzzard, Grey-faced Buzzard and Common Kestrel. Other species moving south included 30 Chestnut-tailed Starling, 12 Spangled Drongo, 8 Ashy Minivet, 7 Olive-backed Pipit and at least 550 Himalayan Swiftlet

There were many hirundines and swifts feeding over the garden throughout the day, including at least 60 Striated Swallow, 60 Crested Treeswift and once again around 20 Brown-backed Needletail.

Early yesterday morning manage to squeeze in a quick visit to the temple where there was a White-crowned Forktail feeding in the corner of the car park briefly, two Black Bulbuls and a Drongo Cuckoo. There did not appear to be any raptors on the move yesterday though a local Oriental Honey Buzzard and Oriental Hobby were noted.  

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